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David Jamieson visited the ‘One Nurture’ project run by Tividale Community Primary School in Sandwell.

The initiative focuses in the school in conjunction with local neighbourhood police officers and shared intelligence with health and other agencies.  It has been developed as a co-ordinated approach to supporting the most vulnerable pupils and families in our communities, and to build bridges between them, the police and other support agencies.

The Commissioner met with the pupils who are taking part in the programme and listened to their personal experience and how the project has helped them change their lives.

Local police officers are involved in the project and are key to changing the way young people view the police.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “The programme gives young people the opportunity to talk openly about what issues they are facing and how we can work to help them.

“The children were very open with me and I was pleased to hear how they have worked to make positive differences to their lives.

“By working with local Police Officers on this project the students are able to develop a positive relationship with the force as well as taking part in a programme which will divert them away from violent crime.”

Emma Burnell, Headteacher of Tividale Community Primary School said: “The One Nurture programme is designed as a holistic and co-ordinated response to supporting the most vulnerable children and families in our community.

“Pupils are encouraged to develop peer mentoring skills, which helps in improving their own communication and personal skills, and, in turn, increases confidence and motivation. 

“The pupils work closely with the police and often their families, and areas covered have included youth crime, knife and gang culture, relationships, domestic violence, substance misuse and managing change.”

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